VS6 Chair Rev Cannon Dr Ellen Loudon has been appointed as a non-voting member of Liverpool City Region's combined authority board. Ellen will be an advisor for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to Mayor Steve Rotheram.
The appointment of Mayoral advisers is about utilising independent strategic advice from talent across the Liverpool City Region who will support the programme and vision of the Metro Mayor.
This follows much of the work done by VSNW and VS6 in promoting the interests of the voluntary and community sector in Liverpool City Region.
Cultural/ academic background, having studied for two BAs (Drama with English, and Theology), one MA (Popular Music), and a PHD again in Music. Ellen also taught Drama at Edge Hill University between 1995 and 2006. Ellen read both her PHD in Music and BA in Theology at the University of Liverpool, and has lived in Liverpool since she was 18.
After being involved with theatre, both at the Blah Blah Blah! Leeds Theatre company, and then teaching performance and popular theatre at Edge Hill University at Birmingham, Ellen has been in roles at the Liverpool Diocese since 2008. Since May 2017, she has been Director for Social Justice for Liverpool Diocese and Canon Chancellor for Liverpool Cathedral. Ellen has been Vicar for St Luke the Evangelist Walton Church since 2012.
Ellen is still involved with music and the arts, e.g. co-ordinating Liverpool’s ‘River Arts’ network for Christians involved with creative work, and speaking on her PHD which studied 19th century music hall in Liverpool.
Ellen says that her belief that all are deserving of equal opportunities has led her to the most marginalised in society, for whom she is often called upon to be an advocate to those who struggle to find justice. Ellen’s church is a foodbank collection point and she regularly tweets about poverty, inequality, and women’s issues in Liverpool.
Ellen is involved with the community through the Walton Youth Project and being Vice Chair of Governors at Gwladys St School. Ellen has an online presence via her twitter.
More information on VS6's work can be found here.
VS6 is a partnership of 14 organisations working with the 8,600 VCFSE groups operating across the Liverpool City Region.